636 TALKS ON " AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER " that w&y. They would nevef- think of keeping the wljole of the book. They take out, here and there, what they think is suitable; and in just'the same way we should treat the ancient Scriptures. We should take from them what is noble and beautiful and grand and good for all time. There is plenty of it. But we may, with great advantage, leave aside those parts which do not come up to the level of modern require- ments. There will no doubt be, in process of time, a new Scripture compiled, that will be made to suit us of the present day; but in a thousand years that will be out of date also. There will be new ideas and new discoveries; and so, although the great truths are the same, the method of putting them by means of scripture or of sermons will have to differ, and it is foolish to imagine that one particular set of words must be sacrosanct and valid for all times. With regard to the whole question of the Deity, it seems to me that there are only three fundamental views that you can take about God and His attitude towards men. (i) You can suppdse Him to be ab- solutely indifferent. You can suppose Him to have started the whole business and not to care in the very least what happens to it. That is, of course, the. materialistic idea, except that the materialists do not usually accept the idea of God at all. But if they did accept the idea of God, they would say that He lets everything take its own course. That is a theory which could be maintained.